Nashville, Tenn. - Sales associates and employees of Crye-Leike, Realtors in Middle Tennessee donated over 200 new backpacks to help the children and adolescents at Youth Villages get off to a fresh start for the new school year.

Youth Villages (www.youthvillages.org) offers help and hope to more than 2,000 troubled children and their families each year (over 500 in Nashville and Middle Tennessee) through home-based counseling, therapeutic foster care and adoption services, residential treatment, community-based programs and prevention services. Today, more than 750 counselors, teachers and skilled support staff provide Youth Villages' services from offices in 15 cities throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Texas.

"Most of the children and adolescents in our care have had to move from place to place and have very little to call their own," said Patti Bryan, development director of Youth Villages in Middle Tennessee. "Backpacks for students now have become essential items which most children take for granted. As the school year begins, having new backpacks of their own will be a big boost for our Youth Villages' children in many ways."

Supporting Youth Villages is not new to Crye-Leike. For the past 20 years, Crye-Leike, Realtors in Memphis, Tenn. has held a holiday fund-raiser called Campaign for Children, a program in which Crye-Leike sales associates and employees purchase in bulk holiday greeting cards, designed by Youth Villages children, to send to their clients and friends. All proceeds raised are designated for the Chris Crye Fund and are used to purchase holiday gifts for the children at Youth Villages and to support their mentoring programs. To date, Crye-Leike has raised in excess of $230,000 for Youth Villages.

With Youth Villages now having a presence in Middle Tennessee, Crye-Leike of Nashville, Inc. will be continuing the company's Campaign for Children holiday program in the Greater Nashville area, noted company officials.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company, is the nation's 13th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South. It has a network of over 2,200 sales associates and 56 branch and franchise offices located in 27 counties throughout a four-state Mid-South region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and North Georgia. Crye-Leike attained sales of $2.9 billion and 20,406 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2000.